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Tuesday, May 6
 
Dr. Jack's Breakdown: Kings vs. Mavericks

By Dr. Jack Ramsay
Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Dr. Jack Ramsay, whose Hall of Fame head coaching resume includes making the playoffs in 16 of his 20 seasons and winning an NBA title with Portland in 1977, breaks down the playoff matchups for ESPN.com. Throughout the 2003 postseason, Dr. Jack will analyze each series all the way through to the NBA Finals.

BACKCOURT EDGE
This is an intriguing matchup featuring Steve Nash and Michael Finley against Mike Bibby and Doug Christie. Finley and Nash averaged 38.3 points per game between them in the season series while shooting a combined 49.1 percent from the field.

FRONTCOURT EDGE
Dirk Nowitzki, Adrian Griffin and Raef LaFrentz are not enough against the Kings' frontcourt of Chris Webber, Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic. Stojakovic averaged 28.3 points a game in the season series while shooting 50 percent from the field. The only threat for the Mavericks is Nowitzki. He's a big threat but the Kings will make him work for his points. The Kings are a great passing team and they'll find easy chances for their big men around the basket.

BENCH EDGE
The Kings have Bobby Jackson, Jim Jackson, Hedo Turkoglu and Scot Pollard coming off the bench compared to the Mavs' Nick Van Exel. As good as Van Exel is, he can't compare to the four-headed monster that the Kings can call on. Bobby Jackson is a probable starter on many teams in the NBA and is the newly named Sixth Man of the Year.

INTANGIBLES EDGE
Normally the Mavs can throw Van Exel on the floor with Nash and create great mismatches. But the Kings can counter with Bobby Jackson and Bibby which negates one of the Mavs great advantages. The Kings do a great job of exposing the weaknesses in the Dallas defense. The Kings averaged over 120 ppg during the regular season series and had eight guys average double figures.

PREDICTION
Kings in five. The Mavs give up way too much to the Kings to beat them this postseason. The combination of a deeper bench, better frontcourt and a better defense add up to a Kings series win.

Mavericks
Dallas

60-22

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Sacramento
Sacramento

59-23

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